Engineering physics is a bridge between pure and applied science, utilizing fundamental concepts in today’s rapidly changing and highly technical engineering environment. An engineering physicist is motivated by the application of science for advancing technology and sustainability.

Quick facts
  • Four year degree
  • Full-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

This program enriches you with analytical skills of mathematics and scientific reasoning, technical skills of design, construction and operation of systems including nanotechnology, space instrumentation, particle accelerators and more. You will develop leadership skills as engineering physicists are called to manage projects involving electrical, mechanical or chemical components and tasks. Engineering physicists tend to be versatile and adaptable to projects as they evolve. 

The undergraduate program presents a challenging and interesting workload. The first two years of classes are based upon core engineering subjects. The third and fourth years of classes are specialized in technical and design-based principles. We offer the advantage of small classes, large lab facilities, superb faculty and excellent support staff. 

A first-year schedule sample

All first year engineering students will take a common set of classes before entering a specialization, such as engineering physics, in their second year.

Course Description

Fall Term
CHEM 114 General Chemistry for Engineers
COMM 102 Introduction to Business Management
GE 101 Introduction to the Engineering Profession
GE 111 Engineering Problem Solving
GE 124 Engineering Mechanics I
MATH 123 Calculus I for Engineers

Winter Term
GE 121 Engineering Design
GE 125 Engineering Mechanics II
MATH 124 Calculus II for Engineers
PHYS 155 Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 125* Physics and Technology
INDG 107* Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies

* These are elective courses. You'll have a number of courses to choose between.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Here are just a few of the classes you might take while you complete this degree:

PHYS 252: Foundations of Modern Physics
Introduces Special Relativity and the foundations of quantum mechanics. Topics in relativity include Lorentz transformations, time dilation, length contraction, space-time diagrams, relativistic addition of velocities, and the relativistic definitions of energy and momentum. Topics in Quantum Mechanics include quantization of energy levels, wave-particle duality, and the tunnel effect.

EP 325: Optical Systems Design
This class provides the foundation of geometrical optics for the understanding of complex optics in optical instruments. Topics include image formation, curved optical surfaces, thin and thick lenses, cardinal points and Gaussian optics, apertures, paraxial ray tracing, matrix methods, Fermat's principle and third-order aberrations. Classical instrumentation design is studied including Newtonian and Cassegrain telescopes, astronomical cameras and compound systems. The class concludes with an introduction to ray tracing methods with software packages and techniques for design with realistic computationally difficult problems.

EP 440: Space Systems Design
This course takes the students through the entire process of designing and implementing a real space based mission. Space based missions include satellites, rockets, and balloons. Emphasis is placed on satellite missions and the design of subsystems to meet mission requirements and specifications. Also included is a detailed discussion of orbital mechanics, spacecraft attitude and pointing, spacecraft propulsion and the launch vehicles required to place the spacecraft into the desired orbit.

  • The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.
  • Our outstanding faculty members work hard to give you the best education possible in engineering physics.
  • Your training in engineering physics will give you a special blend of thorough and practical skills that will make you employable in a wide range of careers.
  • You will study principles and design of electronics, energy, optics and lasers, radiation and materials. You’ll be exposed to the modern physics of relativity and quantum mechanics.
  • The U of S is home to the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, Canada’s biggest scientific research project in more than 30 years. The synchrotron is the only facility in Canada using synchrotron light for research and is the fourth most powerful synchrotron in the world.
  • Our program has specializations in areas such as atmospheric and space science, material science and engineering, nuclear energy and plasma science. Students can also work on other specializations with approval from the department. 


With a degree in engineering physics, you could have many possible job opportunities. Your choices could include some of the following:

  • developing modern sensors for satellites that measure the earth and the atmosphere
  • designing and testing advanced medical imaging and radiation detection equipment
  • working on the next generation of communications by designing wireless devices and fibre optics
  • conducting research as a graduate student in cutting edge areas of physics, like spintronics and plasmonics

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $8,067 $22,023
Fees $947 $947
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $10,514 $24,470

Tuition will vary depending  on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree is a four-year program offered by the College of Engineering.

While you complete your Bachelor degree, you can also enhance your experience with the following options:

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
May 2020
Apr 1, 2020
Documents due: May 1, 2020
Feb 1, 2020
Documents due: Mar 1, 2020
July 2020
Jun 1, 2020
Documents due: Jun 15, 2020
Mar 1, 2020
Documents due: Apr 1, 2020
September 2020
Jul 1, 2020
Documents due: Jul 15, 2020
Jul 1, 2020
Documents due: Jul 15, 2020

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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